2016 is about consistency. Purposing to be “unchanging in achievement or effect over a period of time.” It is a struggle. I so often know the things to do, yet do not do them. Sometimes though I am not sure how to be more consistent-the path seems foreign. Sometimes I just feel stuck. I keep doing the same things, and on some level they are working, yet the outcomes seem stagnant. I want 2016 to be about more than just trying to be consistent, I want to uncover the ways to consistency.
This week as I have given thought to this, prayed fervently for direction, and delved into some reading. At the same time, I found myself struggling to make some decisions I knew I needed to make. They weren’t life changing decisions. They weren’t moral decisions. They were just those kind of decisions that come as the result of some gentle whispers, nudging. As I thought about each of the decisions I was avoiding, I realized each had to do with editing.
edit: to correct, revise and get ready for
I talk a lot about editing when I work with organizing clients. Editing is an important part of organization. Being organized is about being able to manage what you have AND enjoy it. To be consistent in what I do, who I am, is about editing. The less I have to manage, in terms of things, the more time I have to focus on developing good habits and developing character. To have the time to make improvements in areas often means I need to focus more of my time on that area. This again, requires editing. I have to look intently at where I spend my time.
I want to be more consistent in my prayer life, in homeschooling, in caring for my health and using time to be creative. This week I spent time really looking at what I could edit. I made the decision to edit several things.
- Purge photographs. I long to have photo albums up to date and perfect Project Life albums created for my girls. Yet each time I consider setting aside time to work on photographs I procrastinate, dreading trying to figure out where to start, where to find the right pictures. This week I approached instead by focusing on editing-getting rid of pictures that were duplicates, didn’t really tell a story in and of themselves, or just flat didn’t speak to me. As I did this I also made piles by date. Wouldn’t you know it in no time flat I had discarded 1/3 of the pictures, sent duplicate family pictures to my sister-in-law, and had three envelopes of pictures by date.
- Partnered with my girls to clean out the media room, packing up all the children’s books they wanted to keep for storage in the attic, getting rid of DVD we really won’t ever watch again, and editing the gift wrap station.
- Announced a reprieve from Facebook. I too often get “sucked” into the abyss of mindlessly scrolling through news feeds, getting emotionally worked up over religious or political statements or self promotion, and/or “wishing” my life was more like… I felt strongly convicted that for me, this moment in time, I needed to step back from Facebook and focus on creativity, face to face time with family and friends and studies.
- Revised my work schedule to protect more time for homeschooling and studies.
Editing is going to be key to becoming more consistent. What might you need to edit so that you can move forward with a goal, or project, or decision?